Can a Paralympian out pace an Olympian?


One would find it difficult to believe if told that a Paralympian clocked a slower time than his Olympic counterpart. One would be wrong.

Four visually impaired athletes—Abdellatif and Fouad Baka of Algeria, Tamiru Demisse of Ethiopia and Henry Kirwa of Kenya—all ran a faster time in the 1,500-meter T13 final than the Olympic champion, American Matthew Centrowitz Jr.

Abdellatif Baka’s gold medal-winning time of 3:48.29 is a new world record for his classification. Centrowitz’s Olympic time was 3:50.00.

Amazingly unbelievable, Ain’t it?


There is no doubt about Para athletes being on par with their counterpart athletes as demonstrated by this achievement.

In Rio Paralympics 2016 all these 4 differently abled athletes clocked less than Centrowitz’s time of 3:50 for 1500 meters and set a new world record. Incredible feat indeed!